Rodenbach Grand Cru - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle: Poured a reddish colored brew with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is nice mix of oak and cherry with some acidic and tart note also noticeable. Taste is an extremely complex mix of oak, sour cherry (without the sweetness) and some tart and acidic notes also mix in there. The finish is quite bitter; carbonation is average and body is medium. Overall, this is a very complex beer that is also very refreshing. Now, if I can get my hand on some Alexander I would be a happy man.
05-31-2004 14:48:12 | More by Phyl21ca
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
Second sampling: Still a strong contender in the Flander's market. Still, could use more body and depth. A hint of chocolate malt and nuttiness would really improve this brew.
Mother pucker! That one's taaaart. Right out of the aromas, barnyardy, vineous, and muskiness makes the mouth water and the eye twitch. Looks burgundy in color with a lightly creamy off-white head that fleeted quickly. Flavors of cider, cherries, and tart berries accompany the intense tartness. Though malt sweetness offers a nice mellowness, it never balances the beer correctly. It could have more sweetness. Alcoholic and lightly astringent in the mouth feel. A woodsy flavor persists in the aftertaste. I like it, but it makes my teeth hurt. Good for all Flander's lovers! Thanks SheepNuts
01-13-2006 18:03:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
a very interesting choice for me to make this evening after everyone went to bed, a really am just trying to get through my backlog, but wow, what an unexpected result
Rich red in color and cloudy with a ruby/garnet look to it. nice light head that hung around for a nice little bit. Then I go in for the smell and I am knocked back. Sour, apple vinegar with hints of citrus bouncing around it as well. tart cherries all over. So amazingly complex. Grapes, and plums, lots of fruit notes and a granny smith apple or two all coming up into the air. Carried over very well in to the first sip, as it was biting tart through and through. Really lip puckering sour that took a second to get used to, but once you did, look out. Bright lemon and orange notes then lit it up. Very light, very bright flavor that was soo complex and wonderfully done. Smooth, gentle, not overly carbonated, but amazingly drinkable.
overall just what i needed and really set me back where i needed to be
05-27-2011 03:23:23 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
I realized I haven't review this one yet. Bottle shared with some family after Thanksgiving dinner.
A: Grand Cru pours a dark brown color with reddish tint and an off-white head. The beer leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is very acetic, vinous, and tart. There is also a substantial malt aroma which provides a bit of balance to the nose.
T: This is what I think of when I hear "Flanders Red Ale". The taste is incredibly acetic and vinous. There are also great sour cherry and wood flavors, lending the beer a tannic quality.
M: The beer is rather full bodied with abundant carbonation and an astringency that can be a bit strong if you're not really expecting it.
D: As previously mentioned, this beer is pretty much *the* example of a Flanders Red. It's a really solid beer and a great one for wine drinkers like my cousin that I shared the bottle with.
11-27-2009 06:41:29 | More by womencantsail
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
750ml bottle - $9.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georiga.
Appearance: Escapes the bottle an opaque, dark brown-red body with a thinnish, scant, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Easy breezy aroma of moist, ripe cherries leisurely soaking in first-class vinegar and dusted with vanilla sugar.
Taste: Flavorful blend of both sweet and tart cherries with a lesser hint of black raspberry and an overall robust acetic quality. Subtle, subdued oakiness with a kiss of vanilla. Pinch of pickling spices. Cracklingly tart, puckering finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is has a tad oiliness to it but is also lightly spritzy.
Drinkability: An all-around admirable brew that's surprisingly refreshing. As my astonished roommate said of it, "How dey do dat??" Some things are best left unsaid, man.
06-01-2010 04:46:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.24/5 rDev -1.2%
This poured out as a nice deep red color with a fizzy white head on top. Hardly any lacing and retention on this beer. The smell of the beer is slightly sour, with notes of oak and cherry. The taste is really nice, it's got a subtle tart cherry flavor with a slight sweet malt backbone. The flavors are very well balanced. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a solid carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this beer is very good. Would drink it again anytime.
04-21-2013 04:34:48 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured into my tulip glass a deep burgundy with a large blooming head,sour cherry to be expected dominate the aromas with a touch of iron and barnyard as well.This stuff can make you pucker sour cherry hits hard on the tastebuds but rounds nicely into a more sweet cherry-pie like flavor in the finish.It has an almost creamy mouthfeel to it as I drink more the more it grows on me once your palate gets used to the sour tinge this stuff goes down very easily,glad to try this classic.
08-03-2005 02:03:59 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
Things are just as burgundy here as in Classic world, though a touch darker and a whole degree of magnitude more brackish. The khaki cap is now more baseball than beret, ‘cause it has to appeal to a wider audience, and who doesn’t love America’s pastime, eh? No one, that’s who!
Whatever subtlety lived in the classic nose is mostly gone here, replaced by an even sharper contingent of berries, the elite sniper brigade of the bush/bog/wherever the hell else berries happen to come from. Luckily for the sanity of the nose hairs, these sumbitches are constantly hounded (and likely annoyed) by a loudmouthed, yappy little toffee bastard. Now the berries know how Spike felt all those years ago with that pest Chester always tagging along, makin’ a comedic mess o’ things for the big lug. The traces of red wine on the edges are more blatant now, in the vein of a rich, earthy Pinot Noir. A short field of dark ivy crawls beneath it all, ensuring the tartness and the sweetness don’t battle in a vacuum, that it’s not just a young buck taking on a crowd of comers one at a time (I’m lookin’ at you, any extra that’s ever been in an action movie before). Finally, swinging along the edge of the canopy with the last vestiges of the wine is a twinge of apple vinegar, young, lithe, and carefree, but still with a chip on its shoulder. Be wary of this little fireball, as it probably won’t take much to set it off in an adolescent rage. I blame the parents. It’s always the parents. Usually. Sometimes.
Similar layers stratify themselves atop the tongue. First comes a basal sediment of sweet, buttery toffee. On top of this rolls a tide of berry-laced wine, this time verging closer to a Malbec. Then comes a thin-ish wash and veneer of straight white vinegar, quick and effervescent as a misty ninja, yet effective as the blade of a veteran samurai. Once this silent wind of puckering doom whooshes away, the wine and toffee helically battle through the air, a Torch and Sub-Mariner for these Modern Age times (clearly I’m not counting their appearance in Marvels as anything new, more a rerun of the past in stunning Alex Ross HD). Depending on the curvature of your tongue at the right instant, you may be left with a dry, tannic scar or a mildly-nutty sweetness. Either way, the feeling doesn’t last long, but a crater is indeed left behind, laden with remnants of everything that once dwelt on that craggy little asteroid. Shit, geologists are gonna have field days for years to come with this nonsense.
As hearty as everything comes and as thoroughly as things express themselves, there is a very bearable lightness in their collective being. An evanescence somehow pervades, even in spite of the lack of that dark beauty, Amy Lee. Dammit, this shit just turns out to be so drinkable because of this. There are worse burdens, I s’pose.
02-26-2013 02:53:29 | More by TMoney2591
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
Into a Liefman's tulip, the Grand Cru pours a deep scarlet tone, capped with several fingers of off-white foam. There's a good level of clarity in this one, without pouring the yeast sediment the first time around.
Smell is perfect, and one of my favorite aspects of Belgian farmhouse styles. The yeast has a distinct funky wildness about it. The aroma first conjures up a wet field in the late morning, as the sun starts to warm up the soil. Damp earth, overripe berries, and a ripened cheese note. A citric sharpness cuts through all the romantic notions, alluding to it's potency.
Taste is citrusy tart at first, spritzy on the palate. Midway through, it has a rounder mouthfeel, with oak and sour berry lasting on the tongue. There is a Balsamic sweetness, but toned down and not vinegary. Aftertaste is a little dry, but balanced by the mouth-watering sweet/sour element.
I can finish a 750 in a sitting, but it's definitely one to pair with food (and share). The label recommends pairing with seafood or dishes with lemon garnish.
01-23-2007 01:05:34 | More by emerge077
3.88/5 rDev -9.6%
I've had this one several times, so it's about time I got around to writing a review.
Appearance: A dark but clear ruby red. The two finger head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving sheets of lace as it recedes. The color is exceptional.
Smell: Simultaneously sour and sweet. Tart cherries, vanilla, balsamic vinegar and a hint of buttery oak.
Taste/mouthfeel: Initially sweet, though it's quickly cut by an acetic fruity sourness (raspberries, black cherries). Notes of oak appear, dry and slightly tannic with a caramel undertone. The finish is tart and fruity, leaving a hint of vanilla on the tongue after the sourness fades.
Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink, but the acetic acid catches up with you after a while.
06-10-2008 01:50:12 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -6.8%
330ml bottle, at Beer Bistro in suit-heavy downtown Toronto.
This beer pours a clear, very dark, yet bright ruby amber hue, with one skinny finger of low-key foamy, and mostly soapy beige head, which leaves a small ring of lace in its slow retreat.
It smells of tart, fruity funk - cherry, apple, and red grape, mostly - a softly oaken woodiness, bready, pastry-like malt, a twitch of likewise malt-borne vinegar, a bit of earthy yeast, and soft leafy, weedy hops. The taste is sour, acidic orchard fruit - cherry, apples, dry white wine, some sweeter Lifesavers-like analogue, a hint of dry yeast, and a bit of earthen woodiness.
The carbonation is actually quite average, and quotidian in its support duties, the body a bit south of medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes fruity, dry, and receding in its tartness, the cherry tendencies most likely to come out and make a day of it.
A well-balanced sour ale, if that's even a thing, though not quite the sort to knock one over the head, like some of its brethren. Easy to drink, fruity, and a tad funky - good stuff.
02-11-2010 23:44:05 | More by biboergosum
4.83/5 rDev +12.6%
It pours a reddish-chestnut brown beneath a short lid of creamy tan foam that drops shortly to a standard collar with just some spider-web surface covering (which is common for the style). It does, however, leave some nice splashes and spots of lace about the goblet.
The nose is grape-like, and vinous; with some earthy character (muddy, mineral-rich barnyard), and a touch of underlying wood.
In the mouth it's medium-light bodied but with a certain amount of dextrins, and it's very-fine, natural (bottle-conditioned) carbonation is gently effervescent.
The flavor is tart and sweet right up-front like dark grapes (Concorde even), with a combination of cherry and plum-like fruitiness that's backed by a wide, sweetish caramelish malt base. It's not overly sugary, but there's definitely some dextrinous sweetness there acting as a soft platform for it's spritely, spinning, and sublimely metallic-spicy tart character. The bitterness is limited, as it should be, and the tartness and drying woodiness balance it well, and bring it to a fruity, but still raspy-dry finish.
The Rodenbach beers are of the highest caliber, and this is their finest. It's refreshing and exciting!
07-09-2005 13:21:07 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
Hoooie. Gotta love you some Flanders ales. If only they were more readily available and more people were making them.
This ale carries all of the hallmark characteristics of the style. Woody, mostly cherry tartness. Makes the back of your mouth pucker a little and do funny things. I'm really building this up quite nicely, aren't I? This is closer to the wild tones of a lambic or wild ale, so you better know what you're getting into. Bottom line: this is a grand cru that deserves the title. Gotta love it.
05-09-2012 05:17:50 | More by RblWthACoz
3.73/5 rDev -13.1%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of vinegary & tart apples and dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, some malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sour with strong flavors of apples and cherries. There's a little bit of sweetness that comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is sour.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a sour beer.
04-30-2009 04:32:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
Rodenbach Grand Cru from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.